Reed Flute Cave, China
Reed Flute Cave known as “the Palace of Natural Arts ” is situated in the northwest suburbs of Guilin City, China, about 5 kilometers northwest of the city center.
The Reed Flute Cave is the largest and the most impressive natural cave in Guilin. Reed Flute Cave (芦笛岩Lu Di Yan) is the most important and sightworthy cave of Guilin vicinity for its length of 240 meters and Inside the Reed Flute Cave is a spectacular world of different stalactites and rock formations shimmering with amazing colors of artificial lighting. It all creates an impressive effect and wonderful shapes appealing to everyone’s imagination.
If you are interested in the Karst formations, it will take much longer for you to appreciate all of the uniquely shaped rocks and various-coloured stone pillars, given names like Mushroom Hill, Pines in the Snow, Sky-Scraping, Dragon Pagoda, Twin, Virgin Forests, and Red Curtain. Each of these rocks and pillars contain their own intriguing story. Moreover, there are also over 70 written ink inscription with histories of over 1200 years. These reveal that the cave has been an attraction since ancient times.
As a typical Chinese habit for giving names to rock formations, the origins of the cave’s name comes from the reed grass growing outside the cave and used by the locals to make flutes and pipes producing a melodious sound. More than just a random cave, the Reed Flute Cave is a Guilin top attraction that visitors should discover.
It is said to be over 180 million years old and was discovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees. The cave was opened to public in 1962. Since then, millions of tourists have visited the cave with the same wonder about its natural beauty. Famed as the Palace of Natural Arts , the cave is now equipped with artificial lighting system to emphasize visual effect it is quite the popular tourist attraction.
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